Hey friends!! Due to the cold weather here lately, I have been obsessed with tea.  Mint green tea, earl grey and chai tea have been a few of my favourites this month, and my aunt recently gave me a recipe to make my own chai tea (which was delicious!) and I decided to share it with you 🙂

You will need: (serves 6 people generously)

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 12 green cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp of fennel seeds or 1 star Anise
  • 8 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 inch fresh ginger sliced
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar/honey
Bruise spices with a mallet (enhances flavour) in a sealable plastic bag. Place in a pot with 6 cups of water. Boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove spices and add 2 cups milk. Heat but try not to boil. Add sugar/honey and stir until it dissolves.

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To make the chai tea mix as a gift:

  • 12 green cardamom pods
  • 2 tsp of fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 4 inches of cinnamon bark
  • 1/2 tsp whole red peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 3 tbsp diced candied ginger
  • 1/3 cup loose black tea

On a cookie sheet, bake everything (except the candied ginger and tea) for 3-5 minutes, making sure you don’t burn them.  Let them cool and then slightly crush with a rolling pin and break up the cinnamon bark. Toss in a bowl with the candied ginger and the loose tea. Pour into a small container (air tight is ideal).

Don’t forget to include these instructions to make the Chai Tea if you give it as a gift:

1 cup water, 1/2 cup milk, 1 Tablespoon of Chai tea mix in tea bag or steeper, sugar/honey to taste.

Bring the water to a boil and add the teabag/steeper. Turn off the heat and let steep for about 5 minutes. Add the milk, and reheat until hot. Remove from heat, discard teabag, sweeten to taste, enjoy!

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Most of the spices you can find at your usual grocery store, however, we found them less expensive at South Asian grocery stores.  I found loose black tea at Home Sense, but you could also get it at David’s Tea or Teavana. Fill in cute containers and add a festive steeper to make a thoughtful gift.

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Comment below what your favourite kind of tea is and if you try this chai tea recipe be sure to tag us @basicbloggerss 🙂

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Written by Marley